Sermons from September 2014

Sermons from September 2014

Sowing and Reaping

A few weeks ago, my brother and I visited a  property owned by a family at Bethany Baptist Church. The family was planning to connect some lakes on their property with some channels to allow canoes and boats to move from one lake to another. It was the chosen method of creating these channels that interested my brother and I. This family hired a team to use explosives to blow up dirt, mud, and water that presently existed between the…

Our Need for Spiritual Change

True repentance is a matter of life and death. We are all born moving in the wrong direction and we need to turn. We are moving away from God and away from His glory and we are moving toward our self and toward our own glory. We are born moving toward spiritual death and, indeed, toward hopelessness with no future, toward darkness and not light. If we do not turn around we will never ever arrive at the destination God…

The Folly of False Repentance

Recently, Kimberly and I were walking on Boynton Canyon Trail in Sedona, Arizona, a wonderful place. It gives witness to the majesty and the power of the Creator. We were about one mile into our seven mile trek when three men in front of us called out to me, “Could you help us!” “Sure, what can I do for you?” “Well,” they said, “there is a rattle snake curled right by that tree you are approaching. We cannot get by…

The Price of Ignorance

The humble city of Sweet Home has only one covered bridge. This rusty white landmark spans the peaceful Ames Creek in Sankey Park and represents the simple charm of this old fashioned town in central Oregon. Most people drive through Sweet Home without stopping. They pass the little elementary school in the nearby neighborhood without realizing there is an ordinary middle-class home and within there is a grandmother with an unusual story. Her name is Janella Spears and she looks…